The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020
Course code



10 units


5000 level

Course handbook


The course deals with the law governing the formation, content and termination of employment relationships. The complex body of federal and state statutes which regulate paid work relationships, as well as common law rules, will be examined.

This course is not available to students who have successfully completed LEGL2004 or LEGL3111.

Availability2020 Course Timetables

Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 2 - 2020

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate developed knowledge and critical understanding of the complex body of law which governs the employment relationship;

2. Critically evaluate policies which underpin this body of law;

3. Critically analyse the evolving nature of employment law;

4. Make judgments in the application of rules of law


The topics to be covered are:

  1. Introduction to Employment Law in Australia
  2. The constitutional framework
  3. Distinguishing employment contracts from other legal arrangements for getting work done
  4. Overview of sources of law for determining employment rights and obligations
  5. Minimum statutory entitlements
  6. Awards
  7. Enterprise agreements
  8. Remuneration and leave
  9. Loyalty, control, performance management and discipline
  10. Unfair work practices
  11. Enforcement of obligations and dispute resolutions
  12. Termination of employment contracts
  13. Unlawful and unfair dismissal

Assumed knowledge

LAWS1010, LAWS1011, LAWS1020, LAWS1021, LAWS2030, LAWS3040, and LAWS3041.

Assessment items

Formal Examination: Examination

Written Assignment: Two written assignments

Contact hours

Newcastle City Precinct


Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term